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A Review by Joekool


Director- Marc Forster
Cast- Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman
Rated PG- for mild theamatic elements, and brief language
We begin with rayolties and wealthy people gathering at a theater to witness one of J.M. Barries plays, however this play gets a ra rather unpleasent reaction from the audience and Barrie knows it. He is given another chance however because of his infamousy to create another play by his producer (Dustin Hoffman).
Barrie befriends a widowed mother (Kate Winslet) and her children, and in them he finds the happiness and imagination that he craves in his writing. He teches them to imagine, to love what is not believed. Wonderful scenes. Barrie writes his playwright on this family, with the obvious inclusion of the imagination and fantasy. The storytelling and script are excellent, superb.
Eventually Barrie finishes his play, and begins to cast it, and then rehersals. When it is time for the play many are skeptical that he has lost his mind. But after the play has concluded, the audience stand and appluads. His producer says one word "Genius."
Fidning Neverland on all levels is breathtaking. The acting is superb. Depp is flawless with a performance that does not include dramtic scenes of crying or furois anger, but just brillinat acting. He will get an Oscar nomination, that is for sure. Winslet does an excellent job, but will it be enough to get her a nomination? Only time will tell. The acting is just fantastic.
The settings and art direction is wonderful. Beautiful backgrounds that brings a colorful and heartwarming feel to the movie. 
Overall this movie is brilliant, one of the rare gems of cinema. It will definatley be in the Best Picture lineup along with Depp in Best Actor. It is a hart warming, sad, and just simply a wonderful movie.
Good points
-Acting is superb
-Art Direction is great 
-The emotion works very well, you feel for the characters
-The story is fantastic
Bad points
-Felt a little long, but in reality it wasnt (minor)
Rating-  9.7/10
ROCKSOLIDUS' thoughts:
Depp played a wonderful role. The whole movie was geniously written and directed. I actually had a tear rolling down my cheek and I am not embarassed to admitt that. How many times do you see a movie that doesn't show boobs, blood, or violence and say "hey, this is going to be on my top 10 list.." never, until now. Take my advice and see this movie, you will not be disapointed.
Some of the highlights were the interpretations of the life of J.M. Barrie, the writer of the original Peter Pan, and the fact that special effects did not play a part in this movie and it still turned out fascinating like it did. Suspense, like in many long movies is a bit hard to keep, but even still, the movie is brilliant, a must see.
Rating: 9/10

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